England coach Hodgson names Rashford in 26-man Euro squad

London, May 16 (IANS) England football coach Roy Hodgson on Monday named Manchester United’s teenage striker Marcus Rashford in the initial 26-man squad for Euro 2016.

The 18-year-old has been impressive in his debut season for United, netting seven goals from 16 games.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend have also been called in for the competition which begins from June 10 in France, England’s football governing body the Football Association (FA) said in a statement.

However, the likes of Theo Walcott and Phil Jagielka have not been included in the list.

The bulk of the squad will assemble on Wednesday May 18. Only Manchester United and Liverpool players can report later as they have the FA Cup and the Europa League final to attend.

England will lock horns against Turkey in a friendly match on Sunday before taking on Australia on May 29.

Hodgson will then name his final 23-man squad ahead of the final pre-tournament friendly against Portugal on June 2.

The 26-member squad:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, Tom Heaton

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Rose, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy



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